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Role Of An English Teacher Is Changing With Technology

The development of new theories, tools, and techniques regarding teaching English are gradually improving. These changes are bringing new challenges in the world of education and teaching. The role of the ESL teacher is also progressing because of the new tools which technology is giving us. In the past few years, language studies have led us to new theories. For example, how language can be learned or taught. We have moved on from the traditional classroom setups and analytical approach to new methodologies. Students are taught online through one to one sessions while considering the motivation and emotional levels of the students. These considerations allow us to develop the lessons on personal levels which help students in a significant way while they learn online. They form a personal bond with their teachers which can't be possible in the classroom set-up with a large number of students. Students can learn directly from their teachers while sitting in the comfort level of their own homes.

The importance of the communicative aspect is vital in these days to survive and shine in every aspect of your life. For example, higher studies, business world, public sector or the civil service. English is now essential for international communication because of the global village concept; it helps us in international trading, tourism or the education sectors. It is evident that students now need to learn the rules of grammar, phrases, and local contexts. They also need to be a good listener so that they can understand and able to speak in a right way so that they can be recognized and appreciated.

One of the recent English ranking countries surveys showed that 56% of countries in the world ranked very low because of their weak English skills (Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI-2017). We believe the consolidated low English results are because of the traditional focus on grammar rules and vocabulary memorization. Grammar is an essential part of learning and speaking a language correctly, but it is not the only focal point of the language learning process.
In regards to the teacher’s role in the online English teaching classes; the truth is that learning process has shifted from a teacher to learner. Students can download their work, videos any time of the day and they can learn, practice, do their homework or upload their work for teachers to review.

The teacher becomes a facilitator in place of the primary source of knowledge. This change is also giving us the independence to negotiate the course curriculum and tailored towards the student’s needs. For example, course material can be different for a young student as compared to the mature adult student. A good teacher is who goes for learning before he starts teaching or facilitating as he /she has the primary task of adapting the program as per the needs of their students. Teachers can directly define the path while promoting so that students can follow it quickly and progress with it. With this process, learning can be fun and can satisfy the specific future needs of the students.

Communication is a new theory of learning or teaching a language. It will spare the grammar sidewise in favor of the interface which can play the base role. This approach is indisputably transforming the part of the teacher. The online teachers assume the role of facilitators while managing communication in between the students and teachers. It will also provide them with the essential tools which they need to carry out the conversation. Students are required to undertake the leading role which will give them more confidence and leading skills.

The new IT tools and technology can significantly expand the traditional classroom boundaries through online communication with people. For example, delivering online lectures on WebEx and Skype. You can even offer to the group of people who can be in the same class or level but living around the globe. It gives students the opportunity to attend the lectures with other students, meet or have group discussions with learners and can coordinate the group studies all over the world without leaving their own homes because of the communication tools which technology offers (example WebEx).

The digital resources can also affect the language teaching methods. For example, interactive whiteboards are now being used during the online teaching in lieu of only in the classroom set-ups. It can quickly create an interactive file which makes learning more fun and attractive to students. All these technology tools need some upfront work and effort, but once they are in place, they can make teachers life easy as well as learning more fun. Most of the online language schools or companies offer English learning through building exercises, games and interactive studies. Teachers are using all these platforms to help students while learning grammar rules and expanding their vocabulary through a delightful online learning experience. The platforms are also simple, and customer friendly to use and offers students and to teachers a wide range of options. Also, the audio and video resources which students have access are a great resource to help students improve their English listening and speaking skills.

These new technologies will help to create more dynamic online classes with better student participation, and it does not matter what type of tools you used. The online English learning sites are also instrumental in learning a language.

A+Gateway also offers online group or one-to-one classes, online course material, interactive oral and written English exercises to help you learn English simply and naturally. The beauty is all online so that you can learn from the qualified teachers while sitting in the comfort of your own home! Rise and shine, it’s now time to act.

References:

EF English Proficiency Index. English and technology. https://www.ef.com/ca/epi/insights/english-and-technology/
English and innovation. English and technology. https://www.ef.com/ca/epi/insights/english-and-innovation/ 

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20 Online Resources for Free E-Books 

The benefits of ebooks are many, like not having to lug around a 10-pound doorstop, being able to bring your whole library with you everywhere, and backing up your entire library to the cloud.

1. GetFreeEbooks
This site has thousands of titles to choose from in just about any genre imaginable. You can find some real treasures. Most of their books are by independent, self-published authors, and they also have titles in many other languages.


2. EReader IQ
The main perks of this site are its daily free e-books. There are some spectacular titles to choose from, including a large number of children’s books and young adult novels. The format of their books is specific to Kindle. If you are using a different reader and want to use their books, there are conversion programs that you can get that will help you convert the format to the one your reader uses.

3. Free Book Spot
The website might not be terribly impressive or polished, but they have an extensive selection of books ranging from reference materials to fiction novels. You can find some absolute gems on this site, but be aware that you may come across some broken links on occasion: please report them if and when you do.


4. ManyBooks
If you’re in need of something new to read but aren’t quite sure what you’d like, you can find the most popular titles and recommendations on this site and go through reviews: maybe you’ll find something that appeals to you. Hundreds of free e-books are available on this site, with subjects ranging from African-American studies to Zoroastrianism. Their books can be downloaded for iPods, PDAs, and e-book readers.


5. Baen Free Library
Baen, a free e-book library specifically for sci-fi/fantasy novels, is unique in that all of the books that are available there have been uploaded (or approved for upload) by authors themselves. Anyone who wishes can read their titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (They may ask for a name & email only registration). The books can also be downloaded in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )


6. Free E-Books
Discover all-new, rising authors. Independent writers offer both entertaining fiction/romance for your enjoyment and non-fiction to help you find info from self-help to biz growth. This site requires you to create an account in order to access their library, but registration is free, and you then have the ability to download as many e-books, magazines, and academic papers as you like. Be forewarned that the vast majority of books on there are self-published, so although you may find the occasional well-written novel on the site, there’s also a lot of dross to sort through.


7. Free Computer Books
If you’re looking for e-books on computer languages, web design/programming, or any number of specific programs, this is one of the best places for free resources that you can find online.


8. Scribd
A great venue for self-published authors, Scribd gives people the opportunity to upload their own work, and download books by other authors. There’s a small catch: not all the books are free. You can read free excerpts of some novels and then purchase them in their entirety for a nominal fee, but rest assured that there are many spectacular titles available for no charge whatsoever.


9. Planet Ebook
This is the place you want to visit if you’re in love with classics. Works by Arthur Conan Doyle, the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, and Victor Hugo are just a few of the fabulous reads you can download free of charge here.


10. Daily Free E-Books
A great site with a wide array of read-ables, Daily Free E-books will also send you free reading materials in your genre(s) of choice. It also provides you with an app that can convert the Kindle format to suit whichever device you’re using.


11. Ereader Love
The majority of books on this site are in the sci-fi/fantasy and romance genres, but there are little gems to be found in the other sections as well. Young adult readers may find some unique stories to dive into, and there are a few hundred mystery and horror novels to plough through too.


12. Project Gutenberg
This site deals specifically with older books such as classic novels and reference materials, and are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. Gutenberg has over 42,000 free e-books available, so even the most voracious reader will have plenty of material to chew through.


13. Booksie
Over 400,000 titles reside on the Booksie website, and all can be downloaded for free. They’re all self-published books, so be aware that the content will vary as far as quality is concerned. They do have a large selection of decent children’s books available, so your literary little ones will have plenty of content to enjoy.


14. Barnes and Noble
For U.S. readers who use the Nook for their e-books, Barnes and Noble has an extensive collection of free materials to download. Now, by “extensive collection” I mean nearly 2 million titles, so you can go hog wild on this site if you’re up for it.


15. FreeTechBooks
FreeTechBooks lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet. Throughout FreeTechBooks, other terms are used to refer to a book, such as ebook, text, document, monogram or notes.


16. Amazon’s Free Kindle Ebooks
Amazon keeps an updated list of hundreds of free ebooks in their “Top 100 Free” section, as well as from their limited time free ebook section.


17. The Baldwin Online Children’s Project
Consider this “Project Gutenberg”, but for the younger crowd: all the classic books on this site are geared towards the 12-and-under crowd, with titles ranging from Aesop’s fables to faerie tales, mythology, history, and spiritual stories.


18. Google Books
Last, but certainly not least, Google Books allows you to search for the title, genre, author, or keyword that you’re most interested in so you can delve into bookish glee without having to shell out any cash.


19. BookYards
BookYards is a web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content will be freely to anyone who has an internet connection


20. eBookLobby
Free ebooks in eBookLobby are divided into different categories. Categorys range from business, art, computing and education. Select the category appropriate to the e-book you’re looking for.

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